The government and the Sports and Youth Policy Department of the region consider physical culture and sport development one of the key aims of their work.
The main attraction for disabled people to do sports is its accessibility and the quality of the equipment. There are more than three thousand of sporting buildings, 47% of which (1432) are accessible for all disability groups. In addition, sport buildings of the Tyumen region are the base for the preparation of the Tyumen team to take part in the Winter Paralympics.
Sporting centres in the Tyumen region are equipped with ramps, elevators, special spectator seats and restrooms for disabled people, in order to make the centre accessible for those with musculoskeletal disabilities.
About 4, 2 thousand disabled people do sports in the region (4% of the total number of the disabled people). Health and sports activities with these people are conducted in the centres, in sporting institutions, in the public service centres and rehabilitation centres of educational institutions.
To attract disabled people’s attention to do sports, regular sporting events are held: The Tyumen region Paralympic Games, The Junior Paralympics, mini-football competitions, wheelchair basketball, chess and droughts tournaments, Robinzonada. In addition to that, disabled sportsmen take active part in All-Russian public events, such as Russian Ski-Route, National Cross, Russian Azimuth and the regional Health Day which is held twice a year.
In nine of the municipal units of the Tyumen region departments of winter and summer sports are opened in sport schools and clubs to practice football, basketball, horse racing, ski racing, biathlon and short track.
Success of disabled sportsmen in Russian and international competitions is a stimulus to popularize sports and physical culture in the region. Here there are two wheelchair basketball teams (Chance, Tyumen, Yermak, Tobolsk). The Tyumen team annually takes part in competitions of different levels, including Russian championships, where it often wins medals.
Regional sportsmen have been taking part in the Paralympics since 1994. One of the brightest sportsmen are Honoured Masters of Sports, winners and medallists of the Paralympic and Deaflympic Games, multiple winners and medallists of Russian, European and World championships. Roman Kulikov, silver medallist in athletics, and Georgiy Pleshkevich, volleyball champion, have achieved high results. There were five Tyumen citizens who were members of the national team in the XI Paralympics: Elena Remizova, Yuliya Budaleeva, Nikolai Poluhin, Stanislav Chohlayev and Alexander Artyomov. According to the results of the 2014 Games, Vyacheslav Goldinov`s trainees won 13 medals in individual program and 2 medals in relay (IBSA biathlon and ski racing). Yulia Budaleeva became champion, two times silver and bronze medallist, Nikolai Poluhin won two gold and two silver medals, and Stanislav Chohaev won two silver and a bronze medal.
The support system in the Tyumen region provides grants, funds to maintain the national Russian teams, lifetime monthly payment for the Paralympic and Deaflympic winners and medallists, lump sums for the performance in Russian and international competitions, and accommodation.